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About Barbara Warden



Barbara Warden was born and raised in New York City.  She started Hunter college and soon after moved to California, where she graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s major in European history and a minor in fine arts.  Several years later, she graduated from the University of Maryland with a Master’s Degree in drawing and painting.  She then taught at Catholic University and the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC.  In addition, she taught at Northern Virginia Community College and the Kingsbury Lab School for children with learning disabilities, where she was a shop teacher.


After a period of being away from her studio, she applied her love of color to fiber for more than a dozen years, winning recognition with her bold designs and unusual use of thread for surface design.  She won numerous awards in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Montana.


In 2016, after deciding to take a break from fiber, she returned to drawing.  She was invited to be the featured artist for a solo drawing exhibition at the BIGGS Museum of American Art in Dover, Delaware.  At the beginning of 2018, she was accepted as a resident fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  Later in the year, she was invited by the Delaware Art Museum to be the guest curator for a group drawing exhibit entitled “Impermanence.” Eleven nationally recognized visual artists from the mid-Atlantic region agreed to draw their interpretation of one of the essential tenets of Buddhist philosophy – impermanence – recognizing life’s ephemeral nature.


In 2020, she decided to return to painting.

Portrait by, Martirene Alcantara

Photo Credit:  Martirene Alcantara



"Let me offer some thoughts about why I draw.  For me, it is the basis of visual experience.  Its immediacy, spontaneity, and directness allow for quick notations or sustained concentration in a search for resolution.  The final drawing stands as its own independent form of expression.  It is not preparation for a painting or a piece of sculpture."


"In addition, I value the power of line.  A single line on a blank page can become the opening gesture that along with other marks can create texture, depth, mass, and complexity.  Experimenting with materials, pushing their boundaries, discovering new textures, new spatial relationships - becomes the thrill of drawing. And the eraser absorbs memory." 


"I use many traditional drawing tools and I will make new ones if necessary.  Paper – all kinds of paper – is my preferred surface."   


UCLA, B.A. European History and Fine Art 

University of Maryland, M.A. Drawing and Painting



Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Resident Fellow
Guest Curator, Delaware Art Museum, Drawing 

Gallery 50,  Rehoboth, Delaware, Representation 

BIGGS Museum of American Art, Dover, DE., Solo Exhibit 

Studio Artist/Drawing and Fiber 

Freelance Photographer 

Faculty:  Catholic University, Washington, DC
               Corcoran School, Washington, DC

               Northern Virginia Community College

               Kingsbury Lab School, Washington, DC


Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

The Art League.  Alexandria VA. Fiber. Functional Art 

Rehoboth Art League, DE. Fiber. Best in Show (Mary Trimble Lynch Award)

Rehoboth Art League. Fiber.  Juror’s excellence award 

The Art League. Alexandria VA. Fiber.  Honorable Mention 

Delaware By Hand Master.  Fiber 



Delaware Art Museum.  Guest Curator, ImpermanenceOutlooks Gallery, Wilmington, DE

Artist's residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia



Anne Arundel Community College MD. Juried. Drawing.  February 

Camp Rehoboth, DE.  Juried. Drawing.  March 

The Art League, Alexandria, VA.  Juried. Drawing.  April, July, August, September

Gallery 50, Rehoboth, DE.  Invitation. Drawing. May 

Rehoboth Art League, DE.  Invitation group.  Drawing.  October 

Senator Chris Coons’ Washington DC. Drawing - ongoing exhibit 



Senator Chris Coons’ Washington DC office – Drawing - ongoing exhibit 

Dana McCabe – Radio Interview “On the Shore” 

WHYY Philadelphia PA. Radio Interview 

Cape Gazette newspaper interview.  Lewes DE 

The BIGGS Museum of American Art.  Dover DE.  Solo exhibit '365: Elements in Time'.

The Art League. Alexandria  VA. Tabletop exhibit.  Functional fiber art award. 

The Art League, Alexandria, VA.  Juried, drawing 

Rehoboth Art League, DE. Abstract Show. Juried. December 


Rehoboth Art League.  DE. Courage Unmasked 3'.  Chair, artists’ committee 

   Transformation of radiation face masks into artwork. 

Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE. Invitation, fiber. Lewes DE 

The Art League, Alexandria VA. Juried. Drawing. 

City Hall drawing. Group show. Alexandria VA. 


The Art League, Juried, Drawings.  Alexandria VA 

St. Johns College Mitchell Gallery, Drawings, Juried. Annapolis MD 

The Frame Shop and Gallery. Featured artist. Drawings.  Hamilton MT 

Gallery 50. Drawings. Group invitation. Rehoboth DE 

Rehoboth Art League. Drawings, Group Juried.  Rehoboth DE 


Rehoboth Art League. Fine art exhibit.  Drawings. Rehoboth DE 

St. Johns College Mitchell Gallery.  Drawings. Group juried. Annapolis MD 

The Art League.  Drawing. Group juried. Alexandria VA 

The BIGGS Museum of American Art. Drawing. Group invitation. Dover DE 



Delaware Center for Contemporary Art.  Fiber. Group juried. Wilmington DE

American University Katzen Gallery. 'Courage Unmasked -2'. Group invitation.

Rehoboth Art League. Fiber. Juror’s excellence award. Rehoboth DE 

Black Rock Center for the Arts. Fiber. Group juried. Germantown MD 

The Art League. Fiber. Group juried ongoing. Alexandria VA 


Black Rock Center for the Arts. 'A Tribute to Fiber' Group juried.  Germantown MD

Lorton Workhouse Art Center. 'Art of Fiber' Group juried.  Lorton VA 

The Frame Shop and Gallery. Featured artist. Fiber. Hamilton MT 

The Art League. Fiber. Honorable Mention. Alexandria VA 

2010 - 2004

Delaware By Hand Master 

Delaware Art Museum. Delaware By Hand Masters exhibit. Fiber. Wilmington DE

Delaware Art Museum.  'The Possibilities of Pause.' Fiber juried. Wilmington DE

Rehoboth Art League. Third regional juried exhibit. Fiber. Rehoboth DE 

American University Katzen Gallery. 'Courage Unmasked – 1”. Fiber. Washington DC

Missoula Art Museum. Juried auction. Fiber. Missoula MT 

Senator Tom Carper’s Washington office. Fiber work exhibited 

Rehoboth Art League. Featured artist. Fiber. Rehoboth DE 

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